Using absolute paths with FTP

Obscure problem Ran into an annoying problem recently where an FTP account I was logging in with had a home directory of something like this: /dir0/dir1/dir3/Home To my dismay I needed to upload files...

IIS application pool exploit

What? That’s what I said too when I first discovered the exploit. I didn’t think it was so easily possible to extract usernames and passwords from IIS, but it is. I contacted Microsoft abo...

Cannot ping or RDP to Windows 10 machine

Problem This is a particularly stupid gotcha. For a long time now I haven’t been able to RDP into my Windows 10 Surface Pro 4. I tried everything I could think of or look up including but not li...

Padding a string in tSQL

Gotcha There isn’t a Pad Left or Pad Right function in tSQL. Solution There is a lengthy discussion about this topic already on Stack Overflow here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/16760900...

Why months is a terrible measurement

Introduction There have been numerous times that I have been asked to provide a threshold or measure something in months. I always warn that this is a bad idea, but quickly I am over ruled because wah...